This Is Your Song is a musical competition in collaboration with Funkadelic Studios and Bowery Arts + Science.
Originally hosted by John Arthur Greene & Ryan Vona, we are reviving this show with AJ Smith at the helm!
At the end of the evening, the audience picks their favorite ORIGINAL SONG, and the songwriter receives a special prize, sponsored by Funkadelic Studios and The Artist Co-Op!
All musicians welcome to submit; Message @ajsmithmusic on Facebook beforehand to get a spot! 8-minute/2 song slots; $10 at the door. We've got a piano, a bass amp, a drum kit (bring your own sticks & cymbal), and a DI to hook into our system.
Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door
About the host:
Denver-born songwriter and artist AJ Smith has opened for The Eagles and Lindsey Stirling, performed in the off-Broadway and West End hit Close to You: Burt Bacharach Reimagined, and has been featured on radio stations including iHeart’s DC101, Z100, and Eagle 97.7. Smith plays ten instruments and his style is born out of his genre-crossing experiences including touring as fiddler in folk-bluegrass band The Circuit Riders, winning Best Original Performance in NYU’s prestigious 2011 UltraViolet Live Talent Competition (the same contest in which Lady Gaga competed as a student), and charting at #3 in Australia for his club track “Summertime,” praised by BeatMyDay for Smith’s “majestic vocals.” Having received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees in songwriting and film scoring from New York University, Smith has studied and worked with songwriting greats including Glenn Frey, Roseanne Cash, Phil Galdston, and Barry Eastmond. Smith’s mastery of songwriting led to his recognition by the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Carole Bayer Sager Songwriting Scholarship.
Kailey Prior is a folk musician and songwriter with a passion for equality and recycling. She captivates audiences with lilting melodies and buttery yodels, while her balance of vulnerability and humor will have you tapping your toes and feeling all the feels. Often joined by some bad-ass women on cello, bass, keys, and melodica, you can catch her and her guitar at venues around Brooklyn and Manhattan.
Billy Seidman songs have been recorded and sung by Oscar, Grammy, Emmy, Golden Globe, and Tony winning Artists including; Irene Cara, Vicki Sue Robinson, Evelyn “Champagne” King, and Kevin Kline to name a few.
His songwriting career includes staff positions in both New York and Nashville at RCA music publishing, Warner-Chappell Music Publishing, SONY/ATV Tree Music Publishing/Nashville, Carlin America Music Publishing, and Criterion Music Publishing companies.
He’s worked extensively as a studio & touring musician; guitarist, arranger, and music producer on countless records, film scores, commercials, and broadway shows.
'Seize the opportunity!' Words to live by for Progressive Pop singer, Brett Miller. Influenced by an eclectic catalog of music ranging from Billy Joel to Usher as a boy, Brett delivers silky smooth vocals over lyrics that every emotional being can see themselves in his debut EP, Something Beautiful, released June of 2017. Brett's passion lies in his performing, having played over a thousand shows since the age of 16 with his piano and guitar, including NYC's most notable venues, Webster Hall, Bowery Electric, Rockwood Music Hall, and PIANOS in NYC.
After completing a BA in Classical voice at Rollins College, Brett went on to pursue a Masters in Songwriting at NYU, under scholarship and direction by GRAMMY-nominated songwriter, Phil Galdston. Brett collaborated with fellow student and songwriter, Austin Zudeck and partner, Justin Thunstrom who co-wrote Miller's first two singles, "Something Beautiful" & “Eye to Eye”, and also produced his debut EP in its entirety, along with co-writer, Ben Antelis for "Eye to Eye".
On the surface, Mae Krell looks like your average teenager. They wear their hair occasionally pink and sport a band T-shirt whenever they can. They hang out at rock shows and love watching Post Malone’s early acoustic videos on Youtube. However, Mae possesses a stark ability that is only apparent once you hear their songs. The 19-year-old songwriter touches on the most vulnerable parts of growing up in 2018. “I don’t want to be portrayed as too put together. I’m still working on myself. I’m constantly changing and growing and falling apart and coming back together.”
Peter Wise is a soul / pop / rock singer/songwriter based out of Brooklyn, New York. Sharing the stage with the likes of The Eagles and Liza Anne and collaborating with acts ranging from Chicago to Mali Music, Wise is building a name through his unique blend of introspective lyricism and modern soul. After releasing an EP in 2016 garnering attention from publications around the world and shows around the country, Wise returns with his full length album, Unattached. The music publication Substream Magazine remarks on Unattached:
The term “Unattached” serves various purposes on Wise’s album. It’s obviously the name of the album, it’s the title of the album’s first track, and it serves as a theme throughout the runtime. On the title track Wise sings of suddenly packing up and living a nomadic existence crossing the country while also paying tribute to the musicians, authors, and artists who have trail-blazed that type of journey before him. While that message stays largely present throughout Unattached, Wise’s musical skills and tastes spread far and wide across the 10 songs. Wise showcases his impressibly deft and nuanced guitar playing on every track, from “Feel The Rain”‘s moving rock ballad chords to pop-rock vibes of previous single and absolute joy “Sandcastle State Of Mind.” Want a great duet to croon with your best friend? Wise lets loose his falsetto on “Can’t Do It Alone” and brings along Tiger Darrow for an effective love song. If you’re in the mood for an old-school, larger-than-life rock behemoth, Wise unleashes everything he has across seven minutes on “Not Anymore/Get On Through.” Throughout all of Unattached Wise never falters, always digging deeper and deeper into his skillset and his psyche to create an album you don’t want to miss.
Wise will be hitting the road this summer and fall to support the album. Look for him coming to a city near you!
CARRIE LYN BRANDON
Carrie Lyn Brandon is a New York based singer/songwriter/actor originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. Inspired by the vulnerable, deeply personal and lyric driven sounds of Joni Mitchell, Glen Hansard and Carole King, she began writing music on the guitar, piano, ukulele and dulcimer at a young age. Since then, she has traveled the world singing many different styles on a cruise ship, busked and played solo shows nationally and internationally, sung as the national anthem soloist for the SF Giants and 49ers many times, performed as an actor in theaters across the country, and released an album titled "In the Water" (2012) and an EP "In the Fall" (2014). www.carriebrandon.com